Police in Busia in conjunction with their Bungoma counterparts have launched a manhunt on a syndicate suspected to be dealing in fake currencies.
Addressing the press in his office on Tuesday, Busia County Police Commander (CPC), John Nyoike said a team of three DCI officers from Bungoma were following links to establish suspects engaging in the fake currencies that were found in Bungoma.
“At around 11.00am, a team of officers from Bungoma were pursuing the suspects and on arrival in Busia town, they were intercepted by officers on patrol within Busia during their random checks,” he said, adding that commotion ensued as the officers who were in plain clothes did not reveal their identity immediately.
Nyoike revealed that a 410,000 of fake US dollars were found inside the vehicle that was being used by DCI officers from Bungoma that was to be used to nab the suspects along the border.
He explained that officers from Busia took their Bungoma counterparts to Busia police station for identification.
The CPC stated that no suspect was arrested as the suspected syndicate sped off to the neighboring country of Uganda on realizing that they were being pursued.
“We have since launched a manhunt to arrest the suspects and will give more information pending our findings,” he said.
Nyoike urged the local residents to refrain from using shortcuts to wealth, arguing that it will simply land them in trouble.
“We will do our best to ensure that all those dealing in money laundering are arrested to face the full force of the law,” he warned.
By Salome Alwanda